Israelis across the country on Sunday solemnly remembered the September 11, 2001 terrorist assault on the US, as Americans prepared to mark the 10th anniversary of the largest terrorist attack in history.
Israeli Internet news sites and television news stations provided live broadcasts of memorial ceremonies being held in the US and Israel.
Israeli President Shimon Peres phoned US President Barack Obama to tell him:
"The Israeli nation has shared happy times with you, but has also shed tears with you a decade ago. Today Israel once again bows its head as America mourns the loss."
Israel was the only nation in the Middle East to stand by America on that fateful day 10 years ago. The surrounding nations, and even the "Palestinian" half of Jerusalem, erupted in celebration as the Twin Towers burned and then fell. It was a critical reminder of who America's true friends are in the Middle East (speaking at the national level; there are many Arab individuals who equally detested what was done to America).